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books every weekend on c-span2. from the fourth annual book festival, the triumph of the city featuring edward glaeser. his book is "the triumph of the city: how our greatest invention makes us richer, smarter, greener, healthier and happier." >> thank you for coming to the auditorium today. this is brought to you by wbur new station. thank you. thank you. i am sure some of you are saying, wow, that is bob oakes? [laughter] i thought he was taller. i thought he was thinner. i thought he had more hair. [laughter] you know, the funny thing is that all those things were true last week. let me thank all of you for coming here this afternoon and think the book festival for having us. don't they do a nice job? isn't this a terrific event? [applause] >> that is also part of the plymouth rock foundation for sponsoring this session and without their generosity, it would be hard to put on an event like this that add to the cultural life that we all enjoyed in this great city. so thank you to them. [applause] in the way, that is what we are here to talk about this afternoon. the triumph of the cit
of the city, featuring edward glaeser. it's about an hour, 15. >> good afternoon and thank you very much for coming to this auditorium today. let me introduce myself, i'm bob oakes from morning edition on wb, ur, boston's npr news station. [applause] thank you. thank you. i'm sure some of you are saying, wow, that's bob oakes? this. [laughter] i thought he was taller, i thought he was thinner, i thought he had more hair, and, you know, the funny thing is that all those things were true last week. [laughter] let me thank all of you for coming here this afternoon and thank the boston book festival for having us. don't they do a nice job? isn't this a atlantic event? -- a terrific event? [applause] let's also thank the plymouth rock foundation for sponsoring this particular session and say that without their generosity, it would be hard to put on events like this that add to the cultural life that we all enjoy in this great city, so thanks to them. [applause] and in a way that's what we're here to talk about this afternoon, the triumph of this city and all the cities, the triumph of the cit
will find are engaged, informed, cultured citizens and in growing numbers. we are a smarter city than we give ourselves credit for, and we need to get comfortable with that idea. i hope it's because you've been watching more public television, i hope so. [applause] [laughter] but i am sure that there is no better way to take us to the next level than to hear from a literary icon. tom wolfe was born and raised in richmond, virginia, educated at washington university and later learned a ph.d. from yale. he spent his first ten years as a newspaper man mostly doing general assignment reporting, and i bet if i called on many of you, you could easily name his novels; "the right stuff," "in our time," "the bonfire of the vanities" and many more, and now "back to blood" which reflects miami back to all of us. how are we going to react to that? he is credited with the birth of new journalism and the death of the american novel by some. he is the mark twain of our time. how lucky are we to have a moment in time with him? and what better way to start this conversation -- hopefully i can get them to
competent, because the city is so complicated that is trying to understand it is too hard for a small group of china's centrally located planners to ever fully be able to do. and so the way the markets work as they say look, no individual person has to understand the whole thing. the market works because every individual in the market understands just a little bit of it. you can focus on your part buying and selling, creating, sharing. in your part of the world, and over all the totality of all these agents will end up coming up with new solutions to problems, meeting people's needs and so when. so markets are a kind of pure network in that sense. where the pure progressives differ from traditional libertarians is that we don't think that markets solve every problem in society.elf there are many facets of human they experience that are not necessarily solved by mark is, in fact, markets create their own problems sometimes. they approach of bubbles and i things like that. in the internet, there are a lo anies that were trying to build a global network, that would unite computers all around t
is so complicated, because the economy is so complicated because the city is so complicated, that trying to understand it is too hard for us in a centrally located planner so the way the markets work is no individual person has to understand the whole thing. every individual understands you can focus on your part buying and selling and creating and sharing and overall the to tell the theory of all of the major be the agents within the coming up with new solutions to problems meeting people's needs and so on, so the markets are a kind of peer network in that sense where the pier progressives differ from traditional libertarians as we don't think the market solvesont every problem in society and there are many facets of humanre builrience there are a lot of companies network that unitekind of that were trying to buildmparedr produced solution of the internet itself and the web and now wikipedia and many other things. there are places where you can use decentralized structure without involving traditional market relations, and that is what pier progressives are trying to do. >> host: what i
one of the big things you have is maas i have cities being developed where you have huge needs like the kind of infrastructure feeds we talk about, and the idea that cities are going to be walking around with these mobile computers that are far more powerful than anybody's computer was 20 years ago, it's going to be a tremendous opportunity for these cities solve problems. just like john snowe and henry white had walking around london in 1854, they were looking for patterns in the day. but they didn't have real technology that let them notice those patterns or report them. now in these new emerging, you know, mega cities, we're going to have tremendous resources available. >> host: and we'll finish with a quote from the both map. with the exception of the earth atmosphere, the city is life's largest footprint and microbes are its smallest. it is a great testimony to the connectedness of life on earth that the fates of the largest and the tiniest life should be so closely dependent on each other. and for the past three hours we have been talking with steven onson, to have of -- johns
of excitement when she returned to new york in the fall of 1860. the city shimmered with news that the prince of wales was coming to visit. in his honor, a group of leading citizens was organizing a ball. society than was very excited. excited couples who had paid $10 apiece arrive at the academy of music. women curl their hair and they had special nods to acquaintances and friends. precisely at 10:00 p.m., they prayed and sang god save the queen and the slight friends stepped into the room. for two hours, nearly 3000 of new york's finest citizens rushed like schoolgirls to meet him. in a mad crush, the wooden floor collapsed. the band played furiously. the guests rushed to follow and they piled their plates with lobster salad, and filled their glasses with champagne. at 2:00 a.m., the dance floor shift. eager females, young and old, waited their turn for a waltz or a polka and finally the young woman was there. her arms were covered in long white gloves. hetty was introduced to his highness, the prince of wales. >> i am the princess of wales, she replied. [laughter] you are proof of that, sa
six years with a good life for both lived in europe, you can travel, the capital cities and things you don't normally see. how cool to see the pyramids? i had not had this on a her and i had not been into a store open past 8:00 p.m. and i wanted to come home. i was selected to attend the weapons school which is the airforce version of the navy's school. had done at as the abbreviated exchange. they are not half of what we are. you are airforce attendance. good. [laughter] the football game today is bureau of them. it was a good school but nothing like ours. six months long and it was miserable. i cannot a change in human being. i lost almost all of my cockiness and quiet few tail feathers than spent the next decade being in the fighter wing. i was there will not place blew up. i don't think any of us were thinking of terrorism than the way it is now. we were not prepared to fight to we were brought up to fight to the soviet union. i asked my teenage daughter what is going on with russia? it is a soviet union. what is that? it was of big things back then before toppled most of us had ne
before prohibition. usually this is on a city by city basis there would be a neighborhood where you would have the constitution, gambling, drugs, liquor being sold outside of the bigger lipari system all the hours in the night and they control the neighborhoods very happy with a great deal of money. along comes prohibition and suddenly there are large quantities of the physical goods that take up a great deal of space moved from one deal to another specifically in philadelphia. it was much the heart of what the word chemical industry and then shipped from philadelphia to many cities in the midwest so the philadelphia mob had our allies in each of the of your cities but this led to the meeting in the place of 1929 as a lost city taken together as a syndicate, said prices, made contracts and then setting up there in judicial system three involve conflicts one verso none of the table making rules that was child prohibition. the crime as we can to know it of a national scale was prohibition. the optus parallel mobsters need huge amounts of money and perpetrated a great deal of violent crimes.
in the little city that nobody has heard of. why mention ak acapulco everybody knows that. it was three hours away from there. >> when did your parents come to the united states? how would were you? >> my father came here in 1977 when i was two years old. and he sent for my mother a few years later. my mother came here in 1980 when was four and a half. >> when did you come to the united states? >> i came to the united states in 1985. >> how would were you? >> in may of 1985, i was nine and a half going on fen. >> what can you tell us about coming to the united states. what was your trek? >> well, i had been separated from my father for eight years. so when he returned to mexico in '85, my siblings and i convinced us to bring us back here. he wasn't going come back to mexico. he didn't want to spend my more time separated from him. he begged them to bring us. he didn'tment to bring me because i was nine and a half and he thought i wouldn't be able to make it across the border because we had to run across illegally. so i begged them to bring me here, and we took a bus from mexico city to i thin
in the united states. which began in jamestown and williamsburg and ended in new york city and included an impromptu visit to a supermarket in suburban maryland. ruth gave me an impromptu and valuable personal perspective on her conduct its queen and her relationship with her husband, prince philip. one of my favorite descriptions was of a moment on the president's airplane when philip was immersed in the sports section of the newspaper and ignoring his wife's questions on the postcards to their children. when she pressed him, he got flustered. it was so interesting what was happening when her husband wasn't paying attention to her, he said. he also noticed that elizabeth was very certain and comfortable in her role and very much in control. yet, once when ruth was waiting at the white house for her husband, ruth heard her roaring with laughter at one of the protocols. you didn't realize that she had that kind of a hearty laugh, booth said. the minute she rounded the corner, she straightened up. this combination of public dignity exists to this day. the 1957 visit was remarkable for its
would sell in new york city. it is a little over an hour. >> the indictment of the west. and i thought. we were shooting in white chapel . in london, a jewish neighborhood he started reminiscing about his life crawling gabba at his uncle's radio shop. reminiscent. his magnificence radio actor voice became east asia and went back to 1938. his face lit up remembering those days growing up in the warmth of the jewish ghetto of london. and i thought, how can harold pinter, who i do revers, denigrate the west. every other two in london would have been killed. i thought that was kind of odd. i was remembering the political views and the cultural upbringing. then i remember thinking, when he first started writing about politics, i was a young writer. i thought, isn't that a shame that this wonderful writer has turned into an old man and all he can do is read about politics. well, ha ha. but i think what happens, you know, one of our other great philosophies, a great, great poet. he said he had done his fighting and he commenced to studying about the great long time. so that is what i have bee
in the city been arrested before. i said i've never been arrested in my life, which is true, but they still searched the car and found the drugs and at that point i was a product of the system. what was relevant was to search was illegal. they need the drugs were in the car and they got the drugs of history, but that hasn't been in effect strategy when you start looking at the drug war. >> so you're busted. >> sometime later there's another legal issue that comes up. your back is against the wall and that's when you get the knock on the door. you walk out and someone says they think these are law enforcement people out here. >> i was arrested and scared straight. i decided that i'd rather be poor and free than have a little bit of money and not be a little at night. so for two years i was on probation. i patent attorney $32,000 to get me off the hook. that is something that's not really fair in the justice system. if you can afford proper representation, you'll get a slap on the wrist and that's all i got was probation. for two years of cut myself clean, but of course my friends were still
in salt lake city, and there, he did research gene loming -- gene research op dignitaries. john ashcroft, george w. bush, bill and hillary clinton, walter cronkite, sean hannity, charles, larry king, barack obama, kevin rudd, mike wallace, barbara walters, and oprah winfrey, and he can be awarded the prize of the damnest name dropper in utah. [laughter] the other working for more than 20 years. he's also -- he was also a member of the safe of the utah state archives and served as director for 14 of the years. he was an an archivist in the museum society, published articles in sunstone, exponent to dialogue, and the journal, and as well as the encyclopedia of mormonism. we'll begin today with our author, john turner. >> thank you, lloyd, and, thank you, all, for coming. i thought i'd take a little bit of time and tell you a couple stories from my biography, and i think i'll just say a few things about how i got interested in the project. i didn't know all that much about mormonism or mormon history five years ago, but a few things gave me the desire to explore the mormon path, and as i st
for the family history library in salt lake city and bear, he did research genealogical research on some dignitaries, john ashcroft, george w. bush, bill and hillary clinton, walter cronkite, sean hannity, charlton heston, henry kissinger, barack obama, kevin redden, mike wallace, barbara walters and oprah winfrey. he can be awarded the prize of the damnedest name dropper in utah. [laughter] our weather panelists is jeff johnson who is retired from the lds church historical department where he worked for more than 20 years. he was also a member of the staff at the utah state archives and served as director for 14 of those years. he was an archivist at the cherokee national history society. he has published historical articles and an exponent to dialogue and journal. as well as the encyclopedia of mormonism. we will begin today with our illustrious author, john turner. >> thank you floyd and thank all of you for coming. i thought i would take a little bit of time and tell you a couple of stories from my biography of brigham young. and i think i will just say a few things about how i got i
cover any war. but sheridan was never written so high nor would have cities and counties named after him without cedar creek. a statue in sheridan circle in washington depicts sheridan on his towering warhorse in the act of rowling his army at cedar creek. green with age, a statute conveys sheridan's electric energy. lincoln and more secretary ever stand had thought of the 33 year-old sheridan too young when grant proposed in july 1864 that he command the new army of the shenandoah. sheridan's size contributed to the impression of youth that he projected. he was just 5'5" and only 115 pounds in 1864. but as grant memorably replied to one officer commented on sheridan's diminutive stature, i think you'll find him plenty big enough for the job. just before sheridan's appointment, confederate general early and 14,000 troops have marched down the shenandoah valley, across the potomac at threatened washington, the tremendous shock, the capital was thrown into a panic, grant rushed troops to the city from his army outside petersburg, and early withdrew. to prevent a recurrence, the lincoln adm
for the inner-city. oakley hunter polite reminder that fannie mae was no longer a government agency. it was supposed to be managing its own affairs. mrs. harris threatened legislation to try to restore more government control over fannie mae. hunter always a ladies man tried sending flowers to mrs. harris, and even a box of fannie mae chocolates. she sent them back. she said if she ate those chocolates should become as fat as the prophets at fannie mae. well, finally the two sides came to a compromised. the department of housing and urban development, had, would set goals for amy's financing of mortgages for poor people. if that part of the business ever fell below a certain level. oakley hunter's people figured they had snookered mrs. harris because they were promising to do only what they would have done anyway. but a president have been set. the government could impose quotas on fannie mae. now it was ronald reagan's turn. it was morning in america. peter wallison was a young whippersnapper in the treasury. surely president reagan would finish the job of getting the government co
books took me to dinner in new york city at one of these restaurants where you would never want to go where you have to pay. [laughter] and he said what's your next book going to be about in and i said, oh, well, i haven't decided. i'm going to do some thinking, some reading, some research. and he looked at me and said, what? i said, yeah, i want to do thinking, reading, reporting, weighing the alternatives, and he said why are you going to waste your time? [laughter] i said, well, that's what you try to do. and he said, no, no, no, you are one of our authors. i need to know right now, tonight, what your next book is going to be. i said this is, that's preposterous. he said, i need to know. now, he's one of these people who grinds on you, and you're at dipper alone no matter what would come up, he would bring the subject back to, oh, maybe you should do a book on that, what about this? he would just grind away. you may know people like this. [laughter] you may work for somebody like that. [laughter] even better, you may be married to somebody like that. [laughter] who just grinds away
-- scott con conquers mexico city with an army that range 10 or 11,000. this is a third of a size of mcdowell's army at first bull run and much smaller than the armies at places like gettysburg, and scott this only person with experience but he is too old to take the field. all the future civil war generals are officers who -- their only experience with what we would call major combat operations is the mexican war, and after that all they did was fight indian s on the front -- frontier so their expertise is also terribly deficient but it's better than what everyone else harks which is nothing. so, there is a small professional army, but the army of the union and the confederacy produce cannot be described as professional, i would say, until probably 1862. >> host: , if you teach this book here at the naval academy, if you teach your own book here at the naval academy, what do you want students to leave with? >> guest: for me, i don't teach the book because of fears of -- you never want to be that professor who is so obviously trying to sell books with a captive audience. i think for me
? >> i was born in mexico, southern mexico in a little city that nobody has heard of. but when i mentioned, everybody knows a couple. it was three hours away from acapulco. >> when did your parents come to the united states? how old were you? >> my father came there in 1977 when i was two years old. and he sent for my mother of two years later, so my mother came here in 1980 when i was four and a half years old. >> when did you come to the united states? >> i came to the united states in 1985 speed how old were you? >> in may of 1985. i was nine and a half, going on 10. >> what can you tell us about coming to the united states? what was your truck? >> well, i have been separate from my father for eight years, so when he returned to mexico in 85, my siblings and i convinced him to bring us back here because he wasn't going to come back to mexico. and we didn't want to spend any more time separated from him. so we begged him to bring is your, and my father did really want to bring me because i was nine and a half and he thought it wouldn't be able to make it across the border becau
different steel mills, for about engraft immediately on the fifth one put out a plan to kansas city that the blame on being. >> ray. what jimmy carter's programs didn't work then. as i mentioned, i remember waiting in the 1970s to philip gasoline in the washington d.c. area. just as the programs didn't work then and are not working now, they're unlike to work in the future. it's just that the government is not good at picking winning projects. the government wouldn't have thought of picking apple iphone five for example. that is expensive, but people wait in line because they want to buy one. it's not necessarily technology and expensive. is it just know what people want spend money and we don't know what it is. but there's other smart entrepreneurs and i'm sure many in the audience who have a better idea than the folks in washington. >> would you be in favor of a significantly higher gasoline tax to address the hidden social cost of pollution, what economists refer to as externalities? >> if i thought the castling were underpriced coming if they would be in favor of a carbon tax, n
, that it maybe the worst storm that the city has ever faced and the tidal surge previous high was 10 feet, for this storm was 14. governor christie said the damage in new jersey was unthinkable. i mean, we had fires, we had hurricane-force winds, we had massive flood, we had sleet and snow. if you look at that and the flooding through the subway systems and the shutdown of the stock exchanges, you start to get a sense of the massive scale and scope of this storm, and yet the networks performed. i've read dozens of stories about how for many consumers their only tie to any sort of information or to people was through their smartphone, you know, linking social media and their smartphone. so while there was, obviously, an impact on cell sites, i think the networks performed really, really pretty well. >> host: 25% of cell towers went down? were they -- are cell towers hurricane proof? >> guest: sure. well, first of all, i think it's important to note when you say 25% of cell towers were impacted, that doesn't mean 25% of service was impacted. cell towers, some of them are capacity-based to a
is the growing demographic shift worldwide. for the first time as of last year more people live in cities and that trend is accelerating. if you like in societies like africa, what does that mean in terms of demographics or resources? these changes will accelerate and we need to be better prepared for the across-the-board. those are three large general chunks we should focus on. >> was focused a little tighter for a minute. you have been quoted as saying that there are very likely as many or more spies working against u.s. interests inside the u.s. during the cold war, which was a head snapping quote when i read it. who are these people and what are they after? >> i don't know that. i've been on the government for six years, but if you look at the value of intelligence, importance of intelligence in the expenditures of resources by china, by russia, but others and look for them is one of the biggest is. well it's the u.s. not only national security secrets, the commercial seats as be of much of can be gleaned or stolen from cyberspace. it is a dire threat in part because we shifted so muc
at visiting new countries. in early '56 they attended the moderation of the new resicilian president a city show called the most beautiful city she had ever seen and the party at the palace were fabulous. but she did find a client change quite a terrific adjustment. they went in january. there was a 75 degree climate change when they went in one day. in july of that year, the nixons set off on a another tour. she explained in a letter it was a fast and full trip. the course of one day, we were in three countries thailand, pakistan, and turkey. a lot her husband with government leaders she had her own schedule. in the end she wrote, it was a dizzy but happy that in such a short time so much could be accomplished. in november of 1958, the couple traveled to london where pat wowed much of the british press with the wardrobe and unspoiled manner. the following year they went to the soviet union and poll poll lane. -- poland -- argued the merit of communism and capitalism in an exhibition of american consumer goods. pat had her own agenda of visiting or fan inches and hospitals. she might have g
pennsylvania. inner-city brooklyn. i am able to talk to kids about what is on their minds. what i find and the saddest thing i see is the tremendous excitement, enthusiasm, curiously forestry from so many of these kids trying to keep alive, we get so far down in the testing and the standardized testing that we some times even kill that sense of curiosity. >> guest: first call comes from mel hall, pennsylvania. lawrence, you're on the air. please go ahead. lawrence are you with us? and we are going to move on to jeffrey in georgia. please go ahead with your question or comment for kenneth davis. >> caller: yes. i was calling, talking about the american history book. i had read it. i am a college student. and one of the things that i have noticed in my practice, going to school, the kids are just not excited about history. and i was calling, what do you think it will take for kids to be more excited about history when it is so fascinating. but like you said, standardized testing is just, it takes control over the kids wanted to learn. >> guest: it is really important and very, very good
go into rural alabama, or north dakota or pennsylvania, inner city brooklyn via the internet, and i'm able to talk to kids about what is on their minds. and what i find, the saddest thing i see, is this tremendous excitement, enthusiasm, curiosity, for history, from so many kids, and really dedicated teachers trying to keep that curiosity alive, but we get so bogged down in the testing and the standardized testing, that we sometimes do tamp down or even kill that sense of curiosity. >> host: first call for kenneth davis from mill hall, pennsylvania, lawrence, you're on the air. go ahead. lawrence, are you with us? and we're going to move on to jeffrey in georgia. jeffrey, please go ahead with your question or comment for kenneth davis. >> caller: yes, i was calling, talking about the american history book. i had read it, and i am a college student who is planning on tory. and i was calling, what do you think it will take for kids to be more excited about history when it is so fascinating. but like you said, standardized testing is just, it takes control over the kids wanted to learn
he sent an emissary to buy bye-bye the city of new orleans from france. the louisiana territory as a whole was not mentioned by anyone in the united states is even a possibility. the emissary travel across the atlantic and lands in france in search traveling towards paris and before he even arrives in paris, the american ambassador who was already there -- robert livingston's approach by talleyrand who is napoleon's foreign ministry and talleyrand comes to livingston says essentially how would you like to buy the entire territory of louisiana? livingston, he's not exactly surprising that livingston said yes, let's do this. they complete the negotiations negotiations -- i'm sorry, james monroe. who would become madison secretary of state and with them become madison's successor as president? we have your in the room a bunch of people who were almost, who would be president or almost president so monroe completes the negotiations. they are not typical. the french really want to sell. sell. they have bigger problems with britain and they want the cash. >> host: louisiana they have
developed a deep love for baltimore city and a true understanding how baltimore works. bailey became a creative genius at promoting and highlighting the many achievements of the city under mayor schaefer. before mayor schaefer left city hall, he nominated bailey to serve as president of the baltimore city school board. in that role she helped parents and a navigate the school bureaucracy, suggested workable solutions for teachers and brought a commonsense approach to the baltimore city school system. but bailey's knowledge and expertise goes beyond knowing how government works. she has had her pulse on baltimore and on maryland. she knows the key players this the city and state, many on a personal level. for many years bailey has been the go-to person when people need to get things done. without a doubt she has been an invaluable resource to my entire staff, to me and the people of maryland. but she is also a tireless advocate and a voice for families and individuals who may not have had the understanding or resources to access the services they need. what whether it's working with t
enough. i think something everyone can focus on is there are schools in inner-city areas that because of academy sponsors are doing better than schools than suburbs so we can use this change to drive up aspiration and achievement right across the education system. >> a moment ago -- given the church of england is the established church would he consider what parliament can do to insure the overwhelming wealth of members of the church of england as of this country is respected? >> i will look carefully at what the right hon. gentleman says. i would say the church has its own processes, it don't elections, hard for some to understand and we have to respect individual institutions and the decision they make but it doesn't mean we should hold back and say what we think. i think it is clear in the time is right for women bishops. they need to get on with it and get with the program but you do have to respect the individual institutions when they're getting a shark fraud. >> the big country, e.u. agreed to by the last labor government, time for it costing taxpayers two billion pounds every
jersey. c-span: how far away was he driving into new york city? >> guest: he was about half an hour, 45 minutes from new york. c-span: what was the office like? how many people worked around him? >> guest: actually, he had an office in new jersey. he worked for years in manhattan, but the traffic was too much for him. so he moved an office in woodcliff lake, new jersey, and that's where i went. he had a very small staff: four people; he had two secretaries, an administrative assistant and me. c-span: and what was the first day you went to work for him? >> guest: july 3rd, 1990. so right after my graduation. c-span: a total of four years you spent there? >> guest: yes. c-span: how many trips did you take with him? >> guest: i accompanied him on two international trips. in february, i went with him to eastern europe and to russia, and later that year, in april, i went with him to asia. c-span: what do you remember from that experience, the international travel? >> guest: well, i remember so many things. what stands out to me the most, though, is that nixon was so generous and so good to m
the tear -- territory from france. he sent him to buy the city of new orleans from france. the louisiana territory as a whole was not mentioned by anyone in the united states as even a possibility. that embasary arrives in paris, the master who was already there, robert livingston who was approached, and he says essentially, how would you guys like to buy the entire territory of louisiana. livingston, it's not surprising, he said, yes, let's do this. they negotiate. the embassy arrives, complete the negotiation. >> host: that's james monroe. >> guest: who would become madison's secretary of state, and then would become madison's success sore as president. we have in the room a bunch of people almost who -- who would be president or almost president or thoroughly evaluated. they complete the negotiations. they are not difficult. the french want to sell. they have bigger problems than they have with the united states. they want the cash. >> host: louisiana was a white elephant. >> guest: they think that the united states gets louisiana. it's too far away, and they with too consumed to prot
be the worst storm that the city has ever faced. and the previous title search, it was 14 feet. governor chris christie said the damage was unthinkable. we have buyers. we had hurricane force winds. we had massive flooding and if you look at that in the flooding of the subway system and the shutdown of the stock exchanges, you start to get the scale and scope of this form. and yet, the networks perform. i have read dozens of stories over the last couple of weeks about how the many consumers, they are only tied to any sort of information through their smartphones. making social media and their smartphones. while there was obviously an impact, i think the networks performed really pretty well. >> host: cell towers -- were they hurricane proved. >> host: i think it's important to note that when you say 25% were impacted, that doesn't mean 25% of service was impacted. some of them are capacity based. but a lot of them provide basic service. so it doesn't mean service was down by that much. obviously, some were impacted. and our powers are relied upon. each one can have an impact on whether or not
in the city were paying less taxes than their cleaners and the government has sorted out. >> not to be remembered as the prime minister introduced regulation of the press, an essential part of a free democracy. would you agree with me that regulation derives -- you are pregnant or not pregnant. you either have state regulation or you don't. there is no alternative third way. >> i would agree with my hon. friend. is it a free press? absolutely vital for free democracy? we should recognize all the press has done and should continue to do to uncover wrongdoing, stand up to the powerful. whatever changes we make we want a robust and free press in our country. >> research by the charity save the children, reveals shockingly that in our country when seven children does not have a warm coat this winter. the government is cutting child benefits support to 100,000 families who look out for disabled children. whenever our views on how our economic problems were brought about, surely it cannot be right that the poorest and most vulnerable hay -- [shouting] >> the point i make is we
was talking about how back in johnson city the old timer setting aside and played dominoes and one of them says to another, yes, he sure comes up in the world. .. >> he wants of the most important political principles, in order of importance our loyalty, loyalty, loyalty, loyalty, loyalty, loyalty loyalty. courage and compassion are the other two qualities that i think cemented the bond between these people. because they knew that they could trust each other absolutely in these areas. mike, would you talk a little bit about transcends courage and give us a good example of that? >> welcome i suppose the best example is in october of 1968. she and lyndon johnson were leaving the baker hotel in dallas, walking across the street to an event at the adolphus hotel. focusing on well-to-do women who were therefore a event. they carried what mrs. johnson described in her oral history is a sea of angry slogans. she says that they did not like lbj and they hated kennedy. and this mom essentially blocked the passage. it made a very different and difficult for them to get through. and you have to reali
city to be the silicon valley of the maker movement what are the steps we should be taking to foster that kind of innovation and growth? >> the great thing about it is it doesn't have to be a center. it is happening everywhere. the second thing is really cool surprises of the last five years that brooklyn, new york has turned out to be as much a part of the maker movement is any place. how is it possible that we are bringing manufacturing to brooklyn? surely is not about low-cost labor and the answer is as the tools get smaller and smarter and cheaper it is less and less about big manufacturing and more and more about design, ideas, the creativity, the human component, and new york is the design center of america, more design schools than anywhere else the new york's design skills compensate for its labor costs inefficiencies and that is fantastic to move manufacturing to where the most creative smartest people are. you don't have to move manufacturing to the lowest cost of labor or brown sites in the middle of industrial waste land. you can move manufacturing to where people live an
. such a pleasure to see you all year at what is absolutely one of my favorite advance in the city every year, the boss and books festival. i am co-host of radio boston. [applause] >> thank you very much. if you don't listen to this show i'm going to give a shameless plug. 3:00 p.m. monday through friday and, of course, very proud to be a presenting partner for boston but festival because this spirit that brings literally tens of thousands of us together on a day like this inquiry investigation exploration, love of learning and literature, it is a natural combination for the city of boston, boston but festival, and w. b. you are. i'm honored and proud to be here, especially for this panel. and before i introduce the three amazing women who are sitting to my right, a couple of quick reminders. one is that cell phones, if you have already been given that reminder, please turn them off. at the very, very least, silent. since we are in the smart file generation, i also ask you to -- i urge you to resist the urge to tweet were facebook or look stuff up during this panel. let's try and create a sac
city could institute a league of nations. a feel-good, toothless, unmotivated group of international elites. but wilsonian idealism did a central role every shaping postwar europe as millions of people were moved around the continent like chess pieces and porters were changed by client-side etch-a-sketch. one verse i purchased a bad cold people under discussion abstract lumps. another quote, the phrase national self-determination is simply loaded with dynamite. it will raise hopes they can never be realized. inc. of the misery it will cause, unquote. british diplomat harold nicholson walked into a study to find david. george, george clemenceau and woodrow wilson handing over a giant map spread on the carpet. he said, quote, they are cutting the baghdad railway. clemens with his blue gloved hand on the map looks psychic gorilla i feel avery. it is appallingly ignorant and irresponsible men should be cutting asia minor tidbits as if they were dividing a cake. entire populations were relocated to facilitate national self-determination and democracy was imposed on nations of the most bas
the louisiana territory from france except he didn't. he sent an emissary to by the city of new orleans from france. the louisiana territory as a whole wasn't mentioned by anyone in the united states as even a possibility so he lands in france and starts traveling towards paris and before he even arrives in paris, the american ambassador who is already there is napoleon's foreign minister and he says essentially how would you like to buy the entire territory? it's not surprising he said yes let's do this. they negotiate, complete the negotiation, they are -- i'm sorry, james monroe so who would become madison secretary of state and would then become madison's successor as president so we have in the room a bunch of people who would almost be president, or almost president so monroe and nixon complete these evaluations and they are not difficult. the french really want to sell and they want the cash. >> host: and louisiana they decided -- >> guest: napoleon things one way or the other. they are too to protect it. he says amazingly with a sort of foresight that gives him some reputation for th
to our concerns. .. >> we are now live with condoleezza rice and former chancellor of new york city public schools. they will discuss america's education system and its impact on security. it is part of a event hosted by the excellence in foundation for education. right now we are listening to introductory remarks. >> the first african-american woman to hold that post. she's a former national security advisor under president george w. bush. she is also the cofounder of the center for a new generation, which is an innovative afterschool enrichment program, and she is the co-author of numerous books, including two bestsellers. she is an undergraduate degree from the university of denver, a masters from notre dame, and a phd from the university of denver. mr. klein and doctor rice are going to be discussing a report that they have authored, which has been published in march of this year by the council on foreign relations. among many things, this report notes that while the united states invests more in k-12 public education than many other developed countries, students are woefully il
the world come and my point is this. whether you are in baltimore brazil, kansas city or cairo, that our young men and women with desire and potential to build a bright future, to work on business and social innovations that can unleash an new wave of opportunity and economic growth. for this generation, the internet is a primary platform for innovation, where their future is being invented. my experience has convinced me that we are at a crossroads. the threats are real. but nothing i've seen has shaken my optimism. working hard and working together, i'm convinced that we can turn back the threats and ensure that all people benefit from the amazing opportunities of the internet and that we can, as newt minow taught us, harness new communications technologies to help deliver a future of prosperity and peace. thank you. [applause] >> terrific. thank you very much, chairman genachowski. and also want to thank you on behalf of my company, ibm. you sustained a really constructive dialogue with my chairman and ceo, both new and old one, over the years in the administration. thank you very muc
? >> the route was and still is very multi-cultural cosmopolitan international city. .. >> guest: but the american presence was no greater anywhere else, and lists in addition to being ambitious, visionary and practical and compassionate was very patriotically american. he wanted to create a school that was not going to be controlled by other nationalities or other interests. he wanted to create a school that represented the american model of education, that lived american values and that gave people in the middle east an awareness that an american education was something that would benefit their lives every day in tangible ways. and he succeeded. >> host: why is it important to tell this story, in your view? >> guest: because i think most middle easterners and americans, for that matter, are unaware of in this longer, deeper humanitarian dimension of america's involvement in the middle east. when we think about our involvement in the middle east, it usually centers on oil, israel and military security. and middle easterners feel likewise. they don't think about what are the long
can we keep inculcating this? i think one thing is in the big city, i think it's easy to inculcate this in the city where you come across people who look different all the time. then i also talk about literature. when i was a kid i did not come across people who looks different all the time and i learned about religious minorities, african-americans and i learned from books. there was one particular author that i talk about, arcuri d. angeli who was a pennsylvania woman who wrote books about religious minorities and she particularly focused on minorities that had lives that seem constraining to the majority. one of my favorite looks when i was little was a book called meehan about a little quaker girl who wants the pink party dress is dresses that her classmates had and she really hates it that her mother is urging her to wear this grey gray and so on. then one day, it said in the period of the underground railway, the mother -- well, a woman comes who is a slave from the underground railway and she is looking for a place to hide and she spots this little girl by her quaker attire.
engagement overall, cities that are perfectly capable if they are empowered or have resources to solve their own problems. i would rather have that happen. >> barbara and that ayanna pressley gets the last word. >> interesting thing to remember. race to the top started with george bush and was advanced by obama. we are doing things at the national level to reduce the education disparity. obamacare started with mitt romney. it was romneycare before and giving access to health insurance is one of the most important things we consume in this nation to level the disparities in health and the disparities created by lack of access to health insurance. so we have bipartisan support for two of the most important things that are going to level us. the things we don't do is think about where do we help the most people the fastest, thinking about per capita returns on investment and our biggest weakness as a nation is community colleges, it skill gaps that we have left open. left wide open between the industries we are holding on to as we compete globally and how well we have done educating the p
breaking thing about what happened at jonestown is that those who went down there, the poor, the inner city, the progressives, went to jonestown to think they were partaking in a great social experiment, that they were going to stay for a month. they were going to send kids off for a semester abroad and come home, and then once they got down there, jim johns took their passports, money, and said no one's going home. no one can leave. that is the most chilling thing i found in my research, and a year before the massacre, he is starting to talk to them about the fact that someday they are going to commit revolutionary suicide. someday they are going to die to protest capitalism. when he first brings it up, people are like wait a second, we didn't come to die, but to give our children a better life. they argued with him night after night. you know, he would hold meetings in the central pavilion of jonestowning, and they would say we want to defend our community. we want to live, and, you know, you have to read the book, but, you know, eventually, he was able to break them down by depriving the
a friend here somewhere, allen, the founder of circuit city, apparently wrote a book called "the rise and fall of circuit city," and to some degree, there's uncomfortable truths when you think about nations and companies, there's rise and fall stories r and hopefully the united states is not on the fall side of this, plu political campaigns are a lousy time to think about the hard truths of what's happening. one of the hard truths about the panel is we're five white guys. [laughter] we try to figure out how we could divvy this. we're four tall guys and doug. [laughter] we're very well aware of this. you would not believe how busy -- we did have a more diverse crowd, but for all of those e-mailing saying we want to bill you in, a conversation, we know. it's there. what i want to get into today and talk a little about are the strategic economic choices facing the nation, and what's that mean? in particular, when you talk about strategy in economics, is there something more funmental about the way the united states is positioned in the world, what its choices are. michael porter here wit
to washington. it was a shock. capital was thrown to a panic. grant rushed troops to the city from his army outside peter berg and early withdrawal. they merged four military department with the new one with sheraton in charge of it. he was ordered to pursue army to the death and to destroy the shenandoah valley grain, produce, and livestock. on september 19, he attacked the army and defeated it at the third battle of winchester. three days later, sheraton's army followed up with the soaked victory at fisher's hill. after the two victories in september and sheraton did not expect an attack by the rebels. who are out numbered roughly two to one. a daybreak october 19, they launched a brilliant surprise attack literally catching the union soldiers sleeping. they routed the 34,000 men. after a quick breakfast he left winchester with the staff news of the debacle that was still unfondled in seeder creek had not reached him. riding south, he heard cannon fire as he and the team grew drew closer. reaching a hill top, he saw the magnitude of the gasser that had fallen the army who clad soldiers sw
owned park granted to the city for some reason or other. that is part of the answer. the other answer is i had a hard time convincing the people who designed the dust jacket to get all the words on there that are already on their. the man who -- "the man who saved the union," ulysses grant, the man who saved the union war and peace is a lot of words and especially with a photograph. i didn't want to push things. one last thing. ulysses grant sort of rolls off the tongue. add an s, ulysses s. grant, it really wasn't an oversight. it was by design. >> a more substantive question about the title. it is called "the man who saved the union". i get that, he was the general who turned the tide of the civil war, saving the union but what i didn't know until i read the book, the work of saving the union went on much beyond the civil war for him as president. he saved the union twice, one could argue. is that correct or am i just making this up? >> you are not supposed to say that with such a quizzical tone. you are supposed to say and i was convinced upon reading it that he did save the union
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